Appel scratched with mild forearm tightness
Astros right-hander and former No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel, originally scheduled to pitch in relief in Monday’s game against the Blue Jays, said he wasn’t concerned after he was scratched because of mild tightness in his right forearm.
“I think people get concerned when they hear that, but for pitchers that’s basically our whole season,” he said. “We always have something nagging us. It would have been my second Spring Training appearance. It’s one of those things where, yes, it is Spring Training and it’s early, and if this were in the beginning of the season, middle of the season, I would have pitched just fine and it would have been nothing to write about, no story, anything like that. Just would have been a regular day at the ballpark.
“That’s really what it is. I’m not worried about anything, not concerned about anything. It is just the trainer’s call on just wanting to take it a little bit easy.”
Appel worked two innings and allowed three hits and one run while striking out two batters Thursday against the Phillies in his first outing of the spring. It was his first game action since last fall, when he pitched wall for the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League for Appel.
Last year, Appel missed nearly all of Spring Training after undergoing an appendectomy prior to the start of camp. He’s likely to start this season in Double-A after he finished last season strong there for Corpus Christi.
The No. 1 pick in the 2013 Draft, Appel made a combined 19 starts last year between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Oklahoma City. He began the year at Lancaster, where he struggled, before being sent to Corpus Christi after a stint at extended Spring Training.